Talk:Abraham Darby I

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just what I need for my history h/w

Substantial revision[edit]

This article, as I found it, contained signficant errors. I hope that I have removed these without being guity of vandalism. I disagree with the views expresed by Hyde (whose work I have included in 'further reading') on then reasons for the slow adoption of coke pig iron by forges. That work is still unpublished and thus cannot be referred to here, but it does not affect this article. Conversely, I am convinced that Hyde's case regarding the choice of fuel in the blast furnace is substantially correct. Peterkingiron 21:27, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

I return to this article to find that some one has preferred derivative work by Rolt, an eminent industrial historian, but not an expert on the iron industry to that of Raistrick, who studied the original archives. This is very disappointing. So far I have only added, a couple of tags to express doubt. I hope to revise the article substantially. The work on the forge, 'The choice of fuel in the eighteenth-century iron industry: the Coalbrookdale accounts reconsidered' is now available as an early on-line article for Economic History Review (subscription required). Peterkingiron (talk) 22:31, 12 March 2010 (UTC)
I have now dealt with my criticisms (above), by undertaking a major rewrite. I have sought to ensure that the most important modern works on Coalbrookdale are cited. In doing so, I have alargely eliminated citations of Rolt, some of whose work would (if included in WP) be regarded as WP:OR. It may have been the current thinking when he wrote but is certainly not so now, nearly half a century later. Peterkingiron (talk) 23:25, 14 March 2010 (UTC)


Does anyone have reference for the birthplace at 'Woodsettle'? Most references say he was born near Wrens Nest Hill, Woodsetton. (talk) 13:34, 23 October 2014 (UTC)